University of Notre Dame
Flashpoint - Risk Management & Safety
June 2017
Bodie, a golden retriever, is the newest member of RMS.  He is a six month old puppy that is being trained to become a hearing service dog.  Bodie's owner, Thomas Waldschmidt, is a Safety Specialist who joined Notre Dame in January.  Thomas has a severe hearing loss and does not always hear certain sounds.  Although Bodie's responsibilities are not exactly safety related, he does make sure Thomas is aware his surroundings.  Bodie helps Thomas with sounds like a ringtone, keys dropping to the floor, warning sounds and alarm systems.

There are multiple varieties of service dogs that are trained to perform a particular task. There are dogs who can be trained to assist people with autism, hearing disabilities, diabetes, seizures and those that have visual impairment.  People with disabilities have a right to have their service dogs with them as long as the dog is well trained.  If you happen to see Bodie or any other service dog, please do remember not to pet the dog unless the owner gives you approval.
Beat the Heat

With the onset of summer weather, the risk of heat-related injuries increases.  Knowing how to safely work in hot conditions and recognize the symptoms of heat-related injuries can limit these preventable injuries.

To help beat the heat, employees should:

  • Drink two to four cups of water each hour
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks (e.g. coffee and soda)
  • Wear lightweight, light colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Attempt to perform strenuous tasks during the cooler morning hours

Employees and supervisors should also be aware of the symptoms of heat-related injuries.

Heat Cramps are painful muscle spasms that result from overheating. Cramps usually occur in the abdomen and legs and are the body's initial warning that it is struggling to deal with the heat.  Someone experiencing heat cramps should drink water or a sport drink to replenish fluids.

Heat Exhaustion can occur after exposure to high temperatures and is the body's response to the loss of water and salt. Symptoms can include heavy sweating, weakness/fatigue, dizziness or confusion and a flushed complexion. If someone is experiencing heat exhaustion, get them out of the heat, loosen or remove clothing, and have them drink small amounts of water.

Heat Stroke is the most severe heat-related illness and arises when a person's body loses the ability to cool down resulting in a rapid temperature rise. Symptoms include red/hot/dry/skin with lack of sweating, a rapid and weak pulse, shallow breathing and potentially, a loss of consciousness. Heat stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention.
To assist managers and supervisors with creating and assigning training, please refer to the complyND Tip and How to Video detailing the steps for creating ad-hoc assignments.  For users completing a training assignment, please see the same training detailing the steps on how to submit a training course.

For more information on these tips and other helpful items such as User Guides and How To Videos, please visit the complyND website at or contact the complyND Team at

UPS Battery Fire

A battery fire occurred in an EB lithography machine uninterruptible power supply (UPS) located in a UPS cabinet. The side and bottom of one UPS battery was burned through and several other batteries bulged and vented due to heat produced in the fire. For more information, see UPS Battery Fire - January 2017.

Electric Shock

An employee suffered an electric shock from a radio charging unit in May. The employee was setting up a dispatch command post.  The employee was picking up a charging unit and accidentally touched a live electric conductor. For more information, see Electrical Shock - May 2017.

Needle Stick

A Building Services custodian received a needle stick injury while picking up overflowing trash in a residential hall trash room.  For more information, see Needle Stick - May 2017.
As identified on the RMS website, there are two trainings available for  Lock/Tag/Try.  What are they?

A drawing will be made from all the correct responses sent to by June 22, 2017.  A prize will be awarded and the winner will be announced in our next issue.

Needle stick injuries are wounds caused by needles that accidentally puncture the skin. Non healthcare needle sticks are an avoidable event that place persons at risk for bloodborne infections such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV).

"Individuals living in the community use needles and syringes to treat medical conditions or to inject illegal drugs.  Workers such as waste haulers, recycling plant workers, janitors, housekeepers, and sewage treatment workers can experience needlestick injuries when used needles are improperly disposed of.  Members of the general public, including children, can also be exposed" (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Sharps disposal is important whether at home, work, traveling or in public places.

NEVER place loose needles/sharps in the trash or recycle bins, down the sink or flush down in the toilet.

Examples of sharps include:

  • Needles - hollow needles used to inject drugs (medication) under the skin
  • Syringes - devices used to inject medication into or withdraw fluid from the body
  • Lancets, also called "fingerstick" devices - instruments with a short, two-edged blade used to get drops of blood for testing.
  • Auto Injectors, including epinephrine and insulin pens - syringes pre-filled with fluid medication designed to be self-injected into the body
  • Infusion sets - tubing systems with a needle used to deliver drugs to the body
  • Connection needles/sets - needles that connect to a tube used to transfer fluids in and out of the body.  This is generally used for patients on homedialysis.

How to Dispose of Sharps:

  • Used sharps should be immediately placed in a sharps disposal container.
  • Notre Dame Wellness Center Pharmacy has sharp disposal containers for $4.05 per unit.
If you Experience a Needle Stick, immediately follow these steps:
  • Wash needlesticks and cuts with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available
  • Report incident to your supervisor if occurrence happens while at work
  • Immediately seek medical treatment

Please remember improper disposal of sharps places the entire Notre Dame community at risk.

If you have any questions please contact the Notre Dame Wellness Center Occupational Health Team at 631-2371 or Risk Management and Safety at 631-5037.

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